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Griffin, Eric A., Wright, S. Joseph, Morin, Peter J., and Carson, Walter P. 2017. Pervasive interactions between foliar microbes and soil nutrients mediate leaf production and herbivore damage in a tropical forest. New Phytologist. 216 (1):99–112.

Usinowicz, Jacob & Chang‐Yang, Chia‐Hao & Chen, Yu-Yun & S. Clark, James & Fletcher, Christine & Garwood, Nancy & Hao, Zhanqing & Johnstone, Jill & Lin, Yiching & Metz, Margaret & Masaki, Takashi & Nakashizuka, Tohru & Sun, I Fang & Valencia, Renato & Wang, Yunyun & Zimmerman, Jess & Ives, Anthony & Wright, S. Joseph. 2017. Temporal coexistence mechanisms contribute to the latitudinal gradient in forest diversity. Nature. 550. 105-108. 10.1038/nature24038.


Pasquini, Sarah C., Wright, S. J. and Santiago, Louis. 2015. Lianas always outperform tree seedlings regardless of soil nutrients: results from a long-term fertilization experiment. Ecology, 96(7): 1866-1876. doi:10.1890/14-1660.1

Kurten, Erin L., Wright, S. J. and Carson, Walter P. 2015. Hunting alters seedling functional trait composition in a Neotropical forest. Ecology, 96(7): 1923-1932. doi:10.1890/14-1735.1

Schrodt, Franziska, Kattge, Jens, Shan, Hanuai, Fazayeli, Farideh, Joswig, Julia, Banerjee, Arindam, Reichstein, Markus, Bonisch, Gerhard, Diaz, Sandra, Dickie, John, Gillison, Andy, Karpatne, Anuj, Lavorel, Sandra, Leadley, Paul, Wirth, Christian B., Wright, Ian J., Wright, S. Joseph and Reich, Peter B. 2015. BHPMF – a hierarchical Bayesian approach to gap-filling and trait prediction for macroecology and functional biogeography. Global Ecology and Biogeography, doi:10.1111/geb.12335


Queenborough, Simon A.; Metz, Margaret R.; Valencia, Renato; Wright, S. Joseph. 2013. Demographic consequences of chromatic leaf defence in tropical tree communities: do red young leaves increase growth and survival?. Annals of Botany, pp. 1-8


Wright, SJ, HC Muller-Landau and J Schipper. 2009. The future of tropical species on a warmer planet. Conservation Biology 23: 1418–1426

Dent, DH and SJ Wright. 2009. The future of tropical species in secondary forests: a quantitative review. Biological Conservation. 142: 2833-2843.

Sanchez-Azofeifa, GA, K Castro, SJ Wright, J Gamon, M Kalacska, B Rivard, SA Schnitzer, JL Feng. 2009. Differences in leaf traits, leaf internal structure, and spectral reflectance between two communities of lianas and trees: Implications for remote sensing in tropical regions. Remote Sensing of Environment. 113: 2076-2088.

Laurance, WF and SJ Wright. 2009. New insights into the tropical biodiversity crisis. Conservation Biology 23: 1382–1385

Yavitt, JB, KE Harms, MN Garcia, SJ Wright, F. He and MJ Mirabelo. 2009. Spatial heterogeneity of soil chemical properties in a lowland tropical moist forest, Panama. Australian Journal of Soil Research 47: 674-687.

Koehler, B, MD Corre, E Veldkamp, H Wullaert, SJ Wright. 2009. Immediate and long-term nitrogen oxide emissions from tropical forest soils exposed to elevated nitrogen input. Global Change Biology 15:2049–2066.

Brooks, TM, SJ Wright and D Sheil. 2009. Conserving tropical forest biodiversity: evidence for what works. Conservation Biology 23: 1448–1457


Nigel E. Stork, Stephen M. Turton, William F. Laurance, Jiro Kikkawa, Jeff rey A. McNeely, Jeff rey Sayer and S. Joseph Wright. 2008. Lessons for other tropical forest landscapes. 618-622. London: Blackwell Scientific.

Alexander R. Barron, NinaWurzburger, Jean Phillipe Bellenger, S. Joseph Wright, Anne M. L. Kraepiel and Lars O. Hedin. 2008. Molybdenum limitation of asymbiotic nitrogen fixation in tropical forest soils. Nature geoscience.

Muller-Landau, HC, SJ Wright, O Calderon, R Condit and SP Hubbell. 2008. Interspecific variation in primary seed dispersal in a tropical forest. Journal of Ecology 96: 653–667.

Poorter, L, SJ Wright, H Paz, DD Ackerly, R Condit, G Ibarra-Manríquez, KE Harms, JC Licona, M Martínez-Ramos, SJ Mazer, HC Muller-Landau, M Peña-Claros, CO Webb, IJ Wright. 2008. Are functional traits good predictors of demographic rates? Evidence from five Neotropical forests. Ecology 89:1908-1920.

J. -C. Svenning, T. Fabbro and S. J. Wright. 2008. Seedling interactions in a tropical forest in Panama. Oecologia 155:143–150

S. Joseph Wright. 2008. International perspective: Ecological processes and ecosystem services in the wet tropics. In: Nigel E. Stork;Stephen M. Turton (Ed.), Living in a dynamic tropical forest landscape: 2061-262. Malden: Blackwell Publishing.

Joseph B. Yavitt, and S. Joseph Wright. 2008. Seedling growth responses to water and nutrient augmentation in the understorey of a lowland moist forest, Panama. Journal of Tropical Ecology 24:19–26.

Wright, SJ and MJ Samaniego. 2008. Historical, demographic and economic correlates of land use change in the Republic of Panama. Ecology and Society 13: Online

Patrick A. Jansen, Stephanie A. Bohlman, Carol X. Garzon-Lopez, Han Olff, Helene C. Muller-Landau and S. Joseph Wright. 2008. Large-scale spatial variation in palm fruit abundance across a tropical moist forest estimated from high-resolution aerial photographs. Ecography 31: 33-42

Wright, SJ, A Trakhtenbrot, G Bohrer, M Detto, GG Katul, N Horvitz, HC Muller-Landau, FA Jones, R Nathan. 2008. Understanding strategies for seed dispersal by wind under contrasting atmospheric conditions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA) 105: 19084-19089.

S. Joseph Wright. 2008. Foreword. In: Walter P. Carson;Stefan A. Schnitzer (Ed.), Tropical forest community ecology: xi-xii. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Margaret R. Metz, Liza S. Comita, Yu-Yun Chen, Natalia Norden, Richard Condit, Stephen P. Hubbell, I-Fang Sun, Nur Supardi bin Md. Noor and S. Joseph Wright. 2008. Temporal and spatial variability in seedling dynamics: a cross-site comparison in four lowland tropical forests. Journal of Tropical Ecology 24:9–18.

Kaspari M, SJ Wright, JB Yavitt, KE Harms, M Garcia, M Santana. 2008. Multiple nutrients limit litterfall and decomposition in a tropical forest. Ecology Letters 11: 35-43

Shoko Sakai and S. Joseph Wright. 2008. Reproductive ecology of 21 coexisting Psychotria species (Rubiaceae): when is heterostyly lost?. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2008, 93, 125–134.


S. Joseph Wright;Andres Hernandez;Richard S. Condit. 2007. The bushmeat harvest alters seedling banks by favoring lianas, large seeds, and seeds dispersed by bats, birds, and wind. Biotropica 39(3): 363-371.

Ian J. Wright, David D. Ackerly, Frans Bongers, Kyle E. Harms, Guillermo Ibarra-Manriquez, Miguel Martinez-Ramos, Susan J. Mazer, Helene C. Muller-Landau, Horacio Paz, Nigel C. A. Pitman, Lourens Poorter, Miles R. Silman, Corine F. Vriesendorp, Cam O. Webb, Mark Westoby and S. Joseph Wright. 2007. Relationships Among Ecologically Important Dimensions of Plant Trait Variation in Seven Neotropical Forests. Annals of Botany 99: 1003–1015

I. Fang Sun;Yu-Yun Chen;Stephen P. Hubbell;S. Joseph Wright;Md. Nur Supardi Noor. 2007. Seed predation during general flowering events of varying magnitude in a Malaysian rain forest. Journal of Ecology 95(4): 818-827.

S. Joseph Wright;G. Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa;Carlos Portillo-Quintero;Diane Davies. 2007. Poverty and corruption compromise tropical forest reserves. Ecological Applications 17(5): 1259-1266.

S. Joseph Wright;Kathryn E. Stoner;Noelle G. Beckman;Richard T. Corlett;Rodolfo Dirzo;Helene C. Muller-Landau;Gabriela Nunez-Iturri;Carlos A. Peres;Benjamin C. Wang. 2007. The plight of large animals in tropical forests and the consequences for plant regeneration. Biotropica 39(3): 289-291.

Jess K. Zimmerman;S. Joseph Wright;Osvaldo Calderon;M. Aponte Pagan;Steven R. Paton. 2007. Flowering and fruiting phenologies of seasonal and aseasonal Neotropical forests: The role of annual changes in irradiance. Journal of Tropical Ecology 23(2): 231-251.

Maria N. Miriti, Susana Rodríguez-Buriticá, S. Joseph Wright, and Henry F. Howe. 2007. Episodic Death Across Species of Desert Shrubs. Ecology: Vol. 88, No. 1, pp. 32-36.

Kathryn E. Stoner;Kevina Vulinec;S. Joseph Wright;Carlos A. Peres. 2007. Hunting and plant community dynamics in tropical forests: A synthesis and future directions. Biotropica 39(3): 385-392.

Gerardo Avalos;Stephen S. Mulkey;Kaoru Kitajima;S. Joseph Wright. 2007. Colonization strategies of two liana species in a tropical dry forest canopy. Biotropica 39(3): 393-399.

"The effect of climatic gradients, topographic variation and species traits on the beta diversity of rain forest trees. Priya Davidar, B. Rajagopal, D. Mohandass, Jean-Philippe Puyravaud, Richard Condit, S. J. Wright and E. G. Leigh Jr. Global Ecology and Biogeography, (Global Ecol. Biogeogr.) (2007)"

Kenneth J. Feeley;S. Joseph Wright;Noor Supardi Md. Nor;Abdul Rahman Kassim;Stuart James Davies. 2007. Decelerating growth in tropical forest trees. Ecology Letters 10(1): 461-469.


The Future of Tropical Forest Species. S. Joseph Wright. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Apartado 0843-03092, Balboa, Ancón, Panamá, República de Panamá and Helene C. Muller-Landau. Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A. BIOTROPICA 38(3): 287–301 2006.

The relative roles of environment, history and local dispersal in controlling the distributions of common tree and shrub species in a tropical forest landscape, Panama. Jens-Christian Svenning, Bettina M. J. Engelbrecht, David A. Kinner, Thomas A. Kursar, Robert F. Stallard and S. Joseph Wright. Printed in the United Kingdom

The Uncertain Future of Tropical Forest Species. S. Joseph Wright. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Apartado 0843-03092, Balboa, Ancón, Panamá, República de Panamá and Helene C. Muller-Landau. Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A. Journal compilation © 2006 by The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. BIOTROPICA 38(4): 443–445 2006 COMMENTARY.

Response to Lewis et al.: The uncertain response of tropical forests to global change. S. Joseph Wright. TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution. Vol.21 No.4 April 2006


Tropical forests in a changing environment. S. Joseph Wright, TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution. Vol.20 October 2005

Annual and Spatial Variation in Seedfall and Seedling Recruitment in a Neotropical Forest. S. Joseph Wright, Helene C. Muller-Landau, Osvaldo Calderón and Andrés Hernandéz. Ecology, 86(4), 2005, pp. 848–860 © 2005 by the Ecological Society of America

ECOPHYSIOLOGY. Mirjam K. R. Würth - Susanna Peláez-Riedl S. Joseph. Wright - Christian Körner. Non-structural carbohydrate pools in a tropical forest Oecologia (2005) 143: 11–24 DOI 10.1007/ s00442-004-1773-2 © Springer-Verlag 2004

Seed limitation in a Panamanian forest. Jens-Christian Svenning and S. Joseph Wright. Department of Biological Sciences, University of Aarhus, Ny Munkegade, build. 540, DK-8000 Aarhus C,Denmark and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Apartado 2072, Balboa, Ancón, Republic of Panamá. British Ecological Society. Journal of Ecology 2005 93, 853–862

Tropical mountain cradles of dry forest diversity. Christopher W. Dick and S. Joseph Wright

Reproductive size thresholds in tropical trees: variation among individuals, species and forests. S. Joseph Wright, M. Alejandra Jaramillo, Javier Pavon, Richard Condit, Stephen P. Hubbell, and Robin B. Foster. Journal of Tropical Ecology (2005) 21:307–315. Copyright © 2005


Seasonal drought and dry-season irrigation influence leaf-litter nutrients and soil enzymes in a moist, lowland forest in Panama. Joseph B. Yavitt, S. Joseph Wright and R. Kelman Wieder. Austral Ecology (2004) 29, 177–188

Why Do Some Tropical Forests Have So Many Species of Trees?. BIOTROPICA 36(4): 447–473 2004. Egbert Giles Leigh Jr., Priya Davidar, Christopher W. Dick, Jean-Philippe Puyravaud, John Terborgh, Hans ter Steege, andStuart Joseph Wright

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